7. Picking the right journal and getting published

Writing and publishing papers are closely related activities, not least because journals’ guidelines often influence the style and format of submitted manuscripts, but there is more to getting published than writing good papers.

In this course our modules provide tips on how to find the right journal and avoid predatory journals, along with information on open access and publishing preprints. We look in depth at navigating the peer review process, meeting journals’ requirements, and optimising presubmission inquiries, cover letters, appeals, and managing patients consent to publish.

Related course: 5. How to write a research paper

Other related modules:

  • Journal rules on authorship
  • Reporting conflicts of interest


Accreditor credit Accreditation statement
Research to Publication 24:00 hours BMJ accredit this course to the value of the modules it contains.